STLE Staff Directory


Mr. Tom Astrene
Associate Executive Director

Tom is the publisher and editor-in-chief of TLT, the society's monthly technical magazine. He also is responsible for most of the society's marketing efforts and serves as the editorial director of Tribology Transactions, STLE's peer-reviewed journal. In his spare time, he likes to exercise, shoot pool and follow the Chicago sports scene.

847-825-5536 x202

Mrs. Judy Enblom
Executive Assistant

Judy may be your first point of contact at STLE. She can assist you will questions regarding membership, meeting registration, committee questions and assists the Executive Director and Board. In her spare time, Judy and her husband enjoy hiking and recently ascended to Angels Landing in Zion National Park.


Dr. Robert Gresham
Director of Professional Development

Bob is the technical face of our staff writing for TLT and interfacing with many of our members regarding technical initiatives, committees, questions, etc. He is heavily involved in a variety of our international activities which include education and certification programs, which has him collaborating with Alicia and Kara often in his work. Bob is also an avid horseman and rider.

(317) 513-7095

Mrs. Gen Hedland-Hill
STLE Conference Office

Gen manages both our Annual Meeting and the Fall Research Conference. She and Merle manage everything from speakers presentations, audio-visual needs, organizing technical tracks, venue arrangements, catering and much more. Contact her regarding speaking, presenting or any other meeting specific items.

(630) 428-3400

Mr. Merle Hedland
STLE Conference Office

Merle manages both our Annual Meeting and the Fall Research Conference. He and Gen manage everything from speakers presentations, audio-visual needs, organizing technical tracks, venue arrangements, catering and much more. Contact him regarding speaking, presenting or any other meeting specific items

(630) 428-3400



Mr. Tom Heidrich
Education and Membership Services Specialist

Tom specializes in all things membership while assisting Kara with STLE’s Education Programs. He is the person to contact if you have any questions regarding renewing your membership, your personal STLE Member Account, or if you simply want to chat about the benefits of membership with STLE. Tom can also answer your questions regarding STLE’s professional development courses and STLE University programs. In his free time, Tom likes to read, play fantasy football, and follow his favorite team the Chicago Bulls. He also is a graduate of Indiana University, who loves to discuss any college athletics other than football.

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Mr. Bruce Murgueitio
Digital Marketing Manager

Bruce is the person in charge of the digital components for STLE. He is the creator of the STLE newsletter, the photographer / videographer for the organization and is in charge of the society’s social media activities. On his spare time, Bruce enjoys driving fast and spending time with his family and zoo of animals.

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Mr. Karl Phipps
Associate Manager of Publishing & Communications

Karl works with writers, artists, advertisers, page designers and digital publishers to create the monthly work of art we call the TLT Magazine. In his spare time Karl enjoys rooting for his favorite team, the Chicago Cubs!

847-825-5536 x203

Mr. Edward Salek
Executive Director

As STLE's chief staff executive, Ed works closely with volunteer leadership on all matters related to governance, finance and strategic planning for the organization. He regularly reaches out to STLE members and other key constitutent groups for feedback and to provide updates on association activities. Ed relies on his 4-year-old Yorkshire Terrier Maxx for business advice and the periodic face lick.


Mrs. Myrna Scott-Perez
Manager of Information Systems

Myrna manages the computer systems, database, website and report writing. She is the person to contact if you are having technical difficulties, need help logging in or need demographic information for your committee or section. When not data mining, she enjoys gardening, baking bread, cooking from scratch and dressing her small dogs in funny clothes.

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Mrs. Alicia Skulemowski
Certification Programs Manager

Alicia administers the CLS, OMA I, OMA II and CMFS certification programs, She is the person to contact for information regarding the certification process and the requirements for renewal. She also works with the STLE Board of Directors and various committees. Contact her directly with any questions you may have, she would be glad to assist. In her free time, Alicia is an avid hockey fan (GO HAWKS!) who loves to travel, movies from the 1980's, spending time with her family, and has an affinity for anything vintage.

847-825-5536 x205

Mrs. Tracy Nicholas VanEe
National Sales Manager

Tracy manages all of STLE's advertising, booth sales, and meeting sponsorships, as well as being one of our corporate member liasons. Contact her directly with any questions about the corporate membership program and how it can benefit your company. In her spare time, she enjoys time with family, reading, tennis, and following every sporting event played by her all-time favorite team, the Michigan State Spartans. Go Green!

(630) 922-3459




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